Warm weather blues
For the last two years, Illinois and states across the Midwest have been experiencing milder winters and hotter summers, which have contributed to current drought conditions. Nationwide, 2012 was on average 1 degree warmer than the previous warmest year in 1998.
by Marci Jacobs
Natural gas reservoirs are brimming in Illinois due to mild December-January temperatures. Yet surplus supplies will not mean lower gas bills for Chicago residents this winter.